Debating Internet Safety Forum and Internet service provider self regulation of adult content @niassemblyOn February 10 2014 the Northern Ireland Assembly proposed a motion to endorse and support Safer Internet Day 2014 which falls on February 11 and is celebrated worldwide. The motion said:
— Chris Lyttle MLA (@Chris_Lyttle) February 10, 2014
"Whilst [the internet] poses significant dangers to children and young people, used properly the internet can also positively affect social, economic and educational advancement; acknowledges that all users have a part to play in making the internet a safer and better place for everybody."The motion made for two interesting recommendations:
On the Monday evening the Members also discussed the January 22 2014 recommendation from The National Children's Bureau that Northern Ireland create an online e-safety forum and that organisations should improve collaboration to combat the threat. We covered the report and recommendations here.
- Calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to encourage a cross-cutting approach to online safety by incorporating it into the school curriculum, by affording parents and carers easy access to sufficient information to take necessary action.
- [Encourage] businesses and industry to self-regulate their web-based content and services.
Members endorsed and have given their support to the motion. Read the debate in full here.